While campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised to “repeal and replace” Obamacare with a “fantastic” health plan: a better plan that would “cover everyone” and “cost less!” He made the promise repeatedly for the next four years. He has yet to offer any plan let alone a better and cheaper plan.
But his tactic has not changed. Today Trump campaigns for another four years with another empty promise. He will eliminate the payroll tax that funds social security—but he promises this will have “zero impact” on Social Security benefits.
An earlier President had an answer for that kind of claim. The year after passing the Social Security Act of 1935, Franklin Roosevelt warned of those who proposed to eliminate the government program because they would do everything social security did …without costing anyone anything. Here is FDR foretelling the fate of Social Security if we listen to Donald Trump!
Let me warn you and let me warn the Nation against the smooth evasion [of those who say] “Of course we believe all these things; we believe in Social Security; we believe in work for the unemployed; we believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things; but we do not like the way the present Administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them- we will do more of them, we will do them better; and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything.”
Our baker-in-chief is still trying to sell us pie in the sky.
[See Trump making his repeated promises in“The health plan that never came: A brief history”]